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Keyboard and mouse support for Xbox Cloud Gaming is on the way

Microsoft is encouraging devs to start adding keyboard and mouse support to their games.

Chris Kerr, News Editor

June 23, 2022

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Microsoft has confirmed it will bolster Xbox Cloud Gaming with mouse and keyboard support, and is asking developers to prepare for the addition when it's eventually rolled out.

During a virtual talk at XFest22 -- a learning event for creators hosted by Microsoft -- Xbox software engineer Morgan Brown said the company is working on adding keyboard and mouse support to its streaming service for PC users, and implored developers to jump on the bandwagon early.

"Xbox has supported keyboard and mouse for a few years now, and we're working on adding it to streaming for PC users," said Brown. "But you can start adding it to your game right now and your console keyboard and mouse users will appreciate it. It will light up in streaming when we've finished adding it."

The feature was teased earlier this year when Microsoft Flight Simulator head Jorg Neumann said keyboard and mouse support would be the "next step" for Xbox Cloud Gaming (thanks Windows Central).

Although Microsoft has stopped short of revealing when exactly keyboard and mouse support will be deployed, the latest bit of chatter is an encouraging sign for devs and players eager to leverage the feature.

About the Author(s)

Chris Kerr

News Editor, GameDeveloper.com

Game Developer news editor Chris Kerr is an award-winning journalist and reporter with over a decade of experience in the game industry. His byline has appeared in notable print and digital publications including Edge, Stuff, Wireframe, International Business Times, and PocketGamer.biz. Throughout his career, Chris has covered major industry events including GDC, PAX Australia, Gamescom, Paris Games Week, and Develop Brighton. He has featured on the judging panel at The Develop Star Awards on multiple occasions and appeared on BBC Radio 5 Live to discuss breaking news.

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